Simpson, Sir James Young, 1811-1870 (Professor of Midwifery, University of Edinburgh)
- Existence: 1811-1870
The physician James Young Simpson was born on 7 June 1811 in Bathgate, West Lothian. He was educated locally and then at Edinburgh University, entering in 1825. In 1827 he began the study of medicine and graduated M.D. in 1832. By 1835 he was Senior President of the Royal Medical Society of Edinburgh and by 1839 he was appointed to the Chair of Midwifery. Simpson first worked with sulphuric ether as a form of anaesthetic in obstetric practice, but then in 1847 he and his assistants came to understand the efficacy of chloroform. A public trial was held at Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary in November 1847. The same year he was appointed one of Her Majesty's Physician in Scotland and he became a foreign Associate of the Academy of Medicine, Paris. Apart from his contribution to anaesthesia, Simpson laid the foundation of gynaecology and contributed to obstetrics. In 1866 he was given a Baronetcy, the first to be received by a doctor practicing in Scotland. Professor Sir James Young Simpson died on 6 May 1870. His family declined a grave in Westminster Abbey - though there is a bust of him there - and he was buried at Edinburgh's Warriston Cemetery.
Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:
Item — Box: CLX-A-1591
Scope and Contents Autograph letter signed from Sir James Young Simpson to Dr Barham, Edinburgh, 3 January 1866, on the subject of Dr Barham's antique tin marked with a symbol that Simpson is trying to decipher.In the letter, Simpson tells Barham that "Professor Stephens of Copenhagen is here at pressent, & has told us at the Antiquarian Society that your jug of tin ... has upon it this mark X which he reads as a rune in old English meaning ST which he believes to mean Stan or Stone - the name - as he...
Dates: 3 January 1866
CD labelled ''In the Footsteps Of...James Young Simpson', Programme 7, Presenter: Ian Wilmut, BBC Radio Scotland', 13 November 2007
Item — Box: CLX-A-1529, Box: data_value_missing_5e0089f1d089bc65a16a91247fb2d92f, Box: data_value_missing_a62adf5b879ca0bad54b8d5b116457f2
Scope and Contents From the Series: Contains discs and tapes of recordings featuring Ian Wilmut, including radio and television programmes and educational videos.
Dates: 13 November 2007
Scope and Contents Volume containing notes of lectures in 'midwifery and diseases of women' given by Sir James Young Simpson, taken down by George Dickson at the University of Edinburgh, 1862-1863.